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  1. The UN agency, in a report issued a day after a climate summit began in Madrid, urged governments to meet ambitious targets to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions saying it could save a million lives a year through lower air pollution...
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  3. Photo: AFPGENEVA: A United States policy change has no impact on the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in annexed east Jerusalem, the United Nations said Tuesday, insisting that the settlements breach international law.US...
  4. Everybody wants to be good at mobile photography and Adobe is making it easier for everyone to take impressive pictures. The software company announced a mobile camera app that will be coming to iOS and Android devices soon. The final version of the app will launch in 2020, however, it is currently available as a preview. © Twitter Adobe has been bringing mobile versions of its popular desktop applications to mobile phones as the company already has a camera pp called Lightroom CC. However, the Photoshop Camera will work in a different way as Lightroom will use Adobe's artificial intelligence engine, Sensei. With the application, mobile photographers will be able to take and create stunning images and use Photoshop features powered by AI. The app will let users take an image, edit and export images from the app itself. There will also be preset filters and different editing options that will adapt according to the style of the image. The Photoshop Camera app will be able to automatically detect portraits, food, landscapes and other subjects. For example, users will be able to change a photo taken in the day as if it was taken at night. Similarly, in Landscape images, users will be able to change the lighting, colour and even replace entire skies. © Adobe To be fair, we've seen some of these features on smartphones where users can replace entire skies or recognise subjects using AI. What Photoshop Camera does is integrate all of these features into one single application. The standout feature is that the application will have creative “lenses” that adds animated and 3D objects to an image. We will be using the app soon to find out if it is any good or exceptional as a photography app. It could be a game-changer for many smartphone users or could just be a gimmick like any other third-party camera app. View the full article
  5. Jimmy Donaldson or 'Mr. Beast' who is known for his charitable work and is a popular YouTuber, has launched the #TeamTrees project which aims to plant 20 million trees across the globe by the year 2022. We know that climate change is real and while some of us are only ranting about it, Jimmy is trying to combat it by planting 20 million trees. Famous for his philanthropic videos on YouTube, this all started when his fans started spamming Jimmy with posts and comments urging him to plant 20 million trees when his channel reached the 20 million subscribers on YouTube. Reddit really wants me to plant 20 million trees. pic.twitter.com/peGsq3eBjO — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) May 23, 2019 Just to be clear we all realize 20million trees won't fix climate change. But at the end of the day 20 millionmore trees is better then 0! We want to take action because doing nothing ishow we got here! — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October27, 2019 Several months and 5 million more subscribers later, Mr. Beast has now taken it up as his "biggest project ever", to plant 20 million trees with #TeamTree fundraiser now underway. With every dollar donated, a tree will be planted, assures Mr. Beast in the video. Watch the video here- Mark has been planting trees by using drones too. He said in his project kickoff video, “Unfortunately, despite having a large number of people, we came nowhere near to planting 20 million trees but I don't wanna let you guys down so I devised a plan where we can plant 20 million trees. But I need your help.” To achieve his goal of planting 20 million trees, Mr Beast has joined hands with the Arbor Day Foundation, which is one of the largest non-profit conservation organizations in the world that helps in planting and nurturing trees. And the fundraiser is already on track to become a huge success- If you haven't heard about #TeamTrees please check it out. a YouTuber lead initiative to plant 20M trees, started by YouTube genius @MrBeastYT - it's about action not talk. 3M raised in its first day. $1 = 1 tree planted. https://t.co/hp2ofFEOTa — Casey Neistat (@Casey) October 26, 2019 have you guys checked out #teamtrees yet?? youtubers are banding together to plant 20M trees by 1/1/2020! every $1 donated plants a tree at https://t.co/MN9BXtEpZn ð²ð³ð´ thanks to @MrBeastYT, @MarkRober and more for leading this thang!! lets do it!! — Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) October 26, 2019 The trees are being planted on every continent except Antarctica and the kind of trees planted depends where they are planted. Arbor Day plants trees that are native to their surroundings :) https://t.co/W2ItuwU418 — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October 28, 2019 The trees planting activity will start from January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2022. View the full article
  6. Before this year's semi-finals, all 4 of the semi-finalists at Roland Garros had a combined total of 3 wins at the event. None of them had ever featured in the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament before. Fan-favourite and veteran Serena Williams as well as world no.1 Naomi Osaka bowed out in the third round whereas defending champion Simona Halep was defeated by 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in the quarter final. Women's tennis keeps throwing curveball after curveball for the bookmakers, making some of the edgiest and most intriguing events in sports currently. © Reuters The semi-finals this year made for the most entertaining matchups, as Brit ace Johanna Konta came up short against Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova and Anisimova was defeated by 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty who was the ultimate champion. Barty, the current world no.8 actually returned to the WTA tour three years ago ranked 623 in the world, after an absence in order to play cricket in the women's Big Bash League in her native Australia. After her triumph in Paris yesterday, she will be ranked no.2 in the world as of 6th June. Hers is a story of real intrigue. This could be the biggest drawback of slipping women's tennis under the radar. The story of Ash Barty is inspirational to all those that seek a career change and the fact that it fails to reach a large audience is simply disappointing. © Twitter/HeatBBL None of the 4 semi-finalists were given much of a chance to go very far in the tournament by many; and they did so clinically and professionally, playing world-class tennis along the way. In fact, 14 of the women currently active on the WTA tour have been in the top 2 of the rankings. Only 4 of the active players on the ATP tour have featured in the top 2- Tennis' fabled 'Big Four' consisting of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. As inspirational as the 'Big Four' have been for men's tennis this generation, they have made the sport somewhat predictable, leading to a lack of stories coming out of men's tennis except those of their incredible caliber. To put things into perspective, Naomi Osaka became the first woman in four years to win back-to-back Slams after her wins in New York and Melbourne. She is also one of the few players ranked among the top 10 to have multiple Grand Slam titles. 'The Big Four' on the other hand, have amassed 54 of the 61 Grand Slam titles that have been contested since 2004. © Reuters Yet, the efforts of the players on the WTA Tour seem to have lacked any appreciation from the rest of the tennis world. Both semi-finals of the women's draw took place on the outside courts in Paris as the men's semi-finals took place in Court Philippe Chatrier. For the second time within a year, the women's finalists were asked to wait to contest the final, as there was an overflow from the men's semi-final on Center Court. This makes one ponder whether the same measure would be taken if the tables were turned. In no other sport has the movement for equality been more prevalent than in tennis. As viewership and ticketing dictate most major decisions in the sport one has to feel sorry that the quality of women's tennis is going under the radar not just due to institutional problems, but due to negligence from viewers as well. The men's draw may be the main source of inspiration for tennis fans, but the more competitive, unpredictable and entertaining tennis is coming from the women's draw, which is unfortunately going rather unnoticed. A story like Barty's is unconventional and rare, and it must be highlighted rather than slipped under the radar like most stories coming out of women's tennis these days..
  7. The Bengalis are boisterous people. We love to talk, and we love to eat. Along with applying copious amounts of “Boroline” and eating tons of fish, we are raised on a steady diet of loving our heritage, our culture; a great part of which is composed of literature and films. © Pinterest So, when we are not busy having our daily quota of “Bhaat Ghum” or debating about politics, we are busy with our cup of “cha” and “Shinghara/Telebhaja” in an “Adda” about movies: past, present, and the future. Or in the contemporary sense, with our trusty bottle of “Old Monk” and delicious Fish Fry. (Enough with the stereotypes! :P ) And it can become a bloodbath if you try to compare recent Hindi mainstream movies with the ones we grew up on. Not only do we have great directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and Ritwik Ghatak among others, whose brilliance the directors of today cannot even begin to grasp, we have compelling stories which make you think and initiate a stimulating discussion. What Makes Bengali Movies Different? Bengali movies show the human side of people, the real face of humanity, the fate of society. It is about those small moments which change a person. Gone is the hullabaloo of the city, the glitz and glamour. Yet, it encompasses parts of the charm. Importance is given to the apparent monotony of life, the day-to-day conversations which seem trivial but constitute our society. The movies are beautifully directed, have superb cinematography and powerful portrayals. Contrary to popular perception, the Indian Film Industry is made of more than just Hindi commercial/mainstream movies; there is Arthouse cinema, Parallel cinema, regional language films which include exceptional Bangla, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese movies, et al. And all of these can give mainstream movies a good run for their money. The thing is, people don't watch these movies because the movies do not have the budget for promotion, or the audience is just unaware of them. So, if you, like me, have been crying with rage over the fate of Indian cinema, courtesy of the mediocre and utterly bland movies in the mainstream (Yes, looking at you SOTY 2!), here are 13 Bengali movies that will change your perception of Indian cinema: (Note: There are numerous Bengali movies which are absolutely brilliant, but all cannot feature in a single list.) 1. Mahanagar (The Big City / 1963): © R.D. Bansal & Company Set in the financially strapped Calcutta of the 1950s, one of Satyajit Ray's first women-centric movies, Mahanagar, tells the story of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), a middle-class woman who has to step into the corporate world to support her economically crunched family. Though initially supportive of his wife's job, her husband Subrata starts resenting her new-found success and independence, after he loses his job. Subrata is left struggling with his masculinity, guided by societal pressures warning him of the “perils of a working woman”. Arati, now, turns into the sole breadwinner of the family; a feat for which she both begrudged and loved. Arati starts loving her freedom, the liberation the job gives and befriends her modern colleagues which doesn't go down well with her orthodox family. As the story moves forward, Arati realizes her role in society is more than what society teaches her, and she finds a version of herself which had been hidden behind layers of tradition and customs. 2. Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star / 1960): © Chitrakalpa Ritwik Ghatak's masterpiece is a dialogue on society and human nature; the way we take others for granted and leave them the moment tragedy strikes. Neeta (Supriya Chowdhury), Ghatak's heroine, is a beautiful, sweet-natured girl from the suburbs of Calcutta. After the recent upheaval of the Partition, as Neeta and her family, refugees from East Pakistan (Bangladesh), try to make a living in the city, tragedy after tragedy befalls them. In the midst is young Neeta, whose altruistic disposition is exploited to no end by everyone she knows, ultimately putting her on a path of devastation, decorated by problems along the way. Neeta's sacrifices make her a strong woman, but they are also a cause for her despair. Mr Ghatak uses music to elevate the trials and tribulations of Neeta in the viewer's mind. 3. Bhooter Bhabhishyat (2012): © Mojo Productions When ad-director Ayan (Parambrata Chatterjee) visits apparently haunted Chowdhury House to shoot for an advertisement, he gets stranded for the night. A while later, while exploring the manor, he runs into Biplab (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty), a local man who offers to tell him a story to provide him with some perspective upon learning Ayan's desire to become a filmmaker. A funny story about the quirky inhabitants of Chowdhury Baadi who just happen to be ghosts! As the movie unfolds, each character which their unique idiosyncrasies, try to subvert a terrible calamity which befalls them. Being a ghost be damned! No peace even after death! 4. Jatugriha (1964): © Uttam Kumar Films Private Ltd. Directed by the talented Tapan Sinha, this social drama concerning two people who are as alike as they are dissimilar, locked in marital discord, is based on Subodh Ghosh's novel “Jatugriha”. Shatadal (Uttam Kumar) and Madhuri (Arundhati Debi) are on the brink of divorce; a happy marriage that has unwittingly turned into a loveless façade. Ironically, their marriage starts crumbling as the construction of their dream home begins. In the heart of it all, unfulfilled desires and misunderstandings mar the couple's time together, as they slowly drift apart. In the backdrop is their completed home, now standing as an empty house, as Madhuri finally leaves him one day without much ado. Years later, they meet at a railway station, reminiscing about their married life and ruminating over what went wrong. 5. The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959): © Government of West Bengal Satyajit Ray's magnum opus, which cemented his name as one of the greats of cinema universally, is an adaptation of the novels “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito” by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, monumental in earning him the much-deserved honorary Oscar. A movie that lies bare the pathos of human life. It follows Apurba Roy (thespian Soumitra Chatterjee's debut as the adult Apu), lovingly called Apu, through three phases of his life: a tragic childhood where he experiences the worst of circumstances but overcomes them (Pather Panchali, Song of the Road, 1955), begins his adolescence (Smaran Ghoshal) with nothing and seems to achieve success (Aparajito, The Unvanquished, 1956), falls in love but then life happens (Apur Sansar, The World of Apu, 1959). © Government of West Bengal Touted as one of the greatest films of all-time, it is an eloquent human story which touches you at the most visceral level. A first of many Soumitra-Satyajit collaborations. © Government of West Bengal 6. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (A Grain of Sand / 2003): © Shree Venkatesh Films Based on Rabindranath Tagore's eponymous novel, 'Chokher Bali', directed by Rituparno Ghosh, is a story of love, lust, and longing. With themes of adultery, friendship and, societal pressure, focusing on the intertwined lives of Binodini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Ashalata (Raima Sen), Mahendra (Prosenjit Chatterjee), and Bihari (Tota Roy Chowdhury), the film delves into the dynamics of a complicated friendship between two diametrically different women: the intelligent and shrewd Bindoni and naïve Ashalata, connected by their love for one man, the callous Mahendra (Ashalata's husband). Matters further complicate when Bihari gets entangled in the passion play. When recently-widowed Bindodini arrives as a guest into the Mukherjee house, the newly-wed Asha finds solace in the company of this wise, new-found friend, and strikes up a friendship, unwittingly naming it: Chokher Bali, a constant irritant in the eye. But Binodini has other plans; she aspires to exact revenge from the two suitors who had previously deemed her unworthy of marriage. Will she succeed in her quest of vengeance? Or will it lead to self-destruction? 7. Antarmahal: Views of the Inner Chamber (2005): © Twitter Set in 19th century Bengal, the movie, directed by Rituparno Ghosh and based on the short story “Pratima” by author Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, tells the story of human desires and ambitions which when left unchecked bring utter ruination. Zamindar Bhubaneswar Chowdhury (Jackie Shroff) has two ambitions in life: sire a male heir and be feted with the honour of “Raibahadur”. The only problem is that he is unable to do both. Tyrannical yet incompetent, horny, and perennially grumpy, he has been married twice; very recently to young, fresh-faced Jashomati (Soha Ali Khan) whom he ravages every night. His first wife, Mahamaya (Roopa Ganguly), whom he has dismissed as barren, has given up on him and takes pleasure in terrorizing her new adversary. To finally win the coveted title and demean the neighbouring village's zamindar, Bhubaneswar along with his estate manager concocts a plan; make a colossal change to the Durga idol for Durga Puja. Enter handsome Brijbhushan, the sculptor who has to complete the task. But the comely youth seems to attract the attention of the ladies, especially one of his wives. On the home front, Bhubaneshwar's desperate desire to have a son makes him take horrendous decisions entangling his wives, which eventually lead to the unravelling of his life in a traumatic way he never envisioned. 8. Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder): © Balaka Movies Satyajit Ray's Asani Sanket is an adaptation of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's novel of the same name. It explores the aftermath of the 1943 Bengal Famine, which was solely responsible for the deaths of more than 3 million people. Set in provincial Bengal, Mr Ray uses Gangacharan (Soumitra Chatterjee), a Brahmin doctor/teacher and his wife, Anaga (Bobita), as the chroniclers of the story as their calm, leisurely village life gets upended by starvation and hunger. Not only do the lives of the people change for the worse, ironically, but it also starts the collapse of the rudimentary customs and traditions which were strictly followed in better times of the village. 9. Saptapadi (Seven Steps / 1961): © Alochhaya Productions Pvt. Ltd. The iconic duo of Bengali cinema “Uttam-Suchitra” star as star-crossed lovers who meet under unsavoury circumstances. We are taken back via flashback to the 1940s, pre-independent India where Indian students compete with Anglo-Indians with abandon. That is where young, intelligent Krishnendu from a staunch Hindu family, meets beautiful Rina Brown, a talented Anglo-Indian Christian. Love isn't far away, and with the legendary scene of the lovers seated on a motorcycle singing out to each “Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoye”, it seems that everything will finally fall in place. That is when tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed which spell doom for the bubbling romance. The question is now, after years, will they still be able to have the happiness that has forever eluded them? (Directed by Ajoy Kar, based on Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay's “Saptapadi”.) 10. Deep Jweley Jai (To Light A Lamp / 1959): © Badal Pictures Suchitra Sen stars as “Nurse Mitra”, in one of the most ingenious roles of her career, a nurse in a psychiatric facility where the doctors are trying to experiment with a new type of therapy for the patients: emotional support for their trauma. The nurses are to remain available to the patient as a friend/lover, help them but not get emotionally attached to them. Radha Mitra starts her journey of caring for a particular patient, Tapash (Basanta Choudhury), and seems successful. But what lies ahead for her as she struggles to keep her feelings at bay: a gruesome reality or love forever? A movie questioning the depth of human emotions and lays bare the fact that love is an emotion not be counterfeited. (Ashutosh Mukherjee's short story adapted to screen by Asit Sen) 11. Devi (The Goddess / 1960): © Pinterest Set in rural 19th century Bengal, Kalinkar Choudhuri (Chabbi Biswas), an ardent devotee of goddess Kali, has a vision that his younger daughter-in-law, Dayamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) is an incarnation of the goddess herself. Dayamoyee, always the docile daughter-in-law, dutifully agrees to humour her father-in-law and begins to “bless people”, until it starts wreaking havoc on her mental state. When her husband Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee), away at Kolkata, learns of the turn of events at home, he rushes to save his wife from her fate but tragedy strikes. Another great movie directed by Satyajit Ray, based on a short story by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay shows how extreme beliefs can turn into a ghastly reality. 12. Goynar Baksho (2013): © Shree Venkatesh Films A comedy surrounding a jewellery box full of secrets! Directed by Aparna Sen, starring Konkona Sensharma and Moushumi Chatterjee, the story focuses on three generations of a Bengali family, with their connecting factor to be a coveted jewellery box. Widowed matriarch Rashmoni (Moushumi Chatterjee) is as cantankerous as they get; quick to anger and extremely fond of her beloved wedding jewels which she keeps hidden in a box, away from the prying eyes of her greedy, materialistic family. When her nephew marries Somlata (Konkona Sensharma), a naïve young girl who is extremely scared of her new in-laws, Rashmoni strikes up a grudging friendship with her, eventually bequeathing her with the “goynar baksho” to save it from getting pawned off by her family. Somlata, now the secret keeper of the box, endeavours to change the luck of her family with her new acquisition. But to make things difficult and keep her niece-in-law in check, Rashmoni returns to haunt Somlata as a spirit. What follows is a laugh riot where the vulture-like family tries to pry away the box from its rightful owner. 13. Charulata (The Lonely Wife / 1964): © R.D. Bansal & Company Based on Rabindranath Tagore's Nashtanirh (The Broken Nest), Satyajit Ray's Charulata explores the psyche of the human mind through the protagonist Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). With themes of forbidden love, alienation and loneliness, Charulata focuses on the namesake heroine, a lonely wife who whiles away her time around the house with nothing specific to engage her. Excitement comes in the form of her worldly brother-in-law, Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), whose company she starts enjoying until it all starts to unravel as desire comes into play. Critically acclaimed and internationally admired, this is one of Satyajit Ray's finest films. Go, give these a try!
  8. Playing cricket for the most dominating force in the game, Team India, is not easy. More than the opponents, the passionate fans of the Men in Blue stay ready with a mouthful when an athlete does not perform, is struggling with a bad form or fails to win matches for his side regardless of how difficult the situation was when he got to the crease. One such athlete is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been questioned, taunted and criticised about the way he plays in the hour of need for the Bleed Blue side. The fact that the former skipper is getting old, does not help either. But during India's second warm-up match in the ICC World Cup 2019 which was against Bangladesh, Dhoni looked like his old self. Like a stallion, with nothing but brute strength flowing through his veins. Scoring his ton in just 78 deliveries, the Ranchi born was making the ball fly left, right and centre on command, bringing the Indian batting order back in line with the help of KL Rahul, after an abysmal start to the innings with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma disappointing yet again. So when Dhoni scored his century in fashion with a strong six over the bowler's head and raised his bat in the air to an awestruck audience, an overjoyed Virat Kohli was seen abusing in excitement, acknowledging his teammate's achievement. Indian stand-up comedian Papa CJ uploaded this video from the friendly match between India and Bangladesh last evening: Classic Dhoni and classic Virat ððð pic.twitter.com/jplLRvAVPy — Papa CJ (@PapaCJ) May 28, 2019 Albeit, Dhoni has been struggling a little bit with his form in the 50 over format of the game lately, but he is no stranger to hitting big shots. Likewise, Kohli is no stranger to expressing his emotions with the help of some cuss words. Therefore, Papa CJ's caption: “Classic Dhoni and classic Virat” makes absolute sense. And while parents would have had a tough time explaining their kids what the Indian skipper was caught mouthing on national television, his emotions were well understood by the fans of Indian cricket and those of MS Dhoni. Twitter joined in and congratulated Dhoni on his brilliant knock: Dhoni is such a beast. — Saqib Mansoor (@wearyscribe) May 28, 2019 Mahi maar raha hain — #@ππ|£ #$@vv@n+ (@AmitSawant4686) May 28, 2019 What a knock from Dhoni! ððLove you so much ðð #MSD pic.twitter.com/Ig4bVXsjvM — HARSH Chopra (@imchoprahc) May 29, 2019 Dhoni dispatched ball out of the park for a 6ï¸â£ in style. Kohli: Wow man... Shot yaar ð#INDvBAN #Dhoni #dhoniisback #CWC2019 #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/bRO3DJ3g0y — ð¡ð®ðð¿ð² ðð ðð â®ï¸ (@imamnazre01) May 28, 2019 Love played so well â¤ï¸#INDvBAN #IndvsBan #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/XWycF1JHhy — Shweta Joshi (@jshweta_) May 28, 2019 Team India is set to officially begin their World Cup journey on 5th June 2019 against Faf du Plessis' South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, West End, Hampshire.
  9. The Englishmen might have given us the sport that we've come to know as cricket, but the cricketing giants are yet to taste success at the ICC World Cup. In the decorated history of the tournament, England have bottled away three chances to lift the coveted trophy. They lost the 1979 final to West Indies before enduring successive heartbreaks in 1987 and 1992 to Australia and Pakistan respectively. But, that was a long time ago, and the upcoming World Cup promises England a chance to redemption, especially when they have the luxury to play in familiar conditions at home. However, that's not the only thing that makes them one of the top title contenders this year. Comprised of proven match-winners, England's 15-man squad looks solid on paper and their recent form is exactly why they've been tipped as one of the top contenders at the ICC spectacle this year. With star players like Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler bolstering their batting and the likes of Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and David Willey aiding the bowling department, England surely have a real chance of thriving at home. But, for the coveted World Cup trophy to be won at home, England will need their players to step up and make an impression in the tournament. Going into the World Cup, here are five key players who can help England establish world domination this year: Joe Root © Reuters For someone who was tipped as a future England captain at the age of 23, Joe Root has not only lived up to the billing, but has also successfully managed to rally his troops in the build-up to the World Cup at home. Rated amongst the top batsmen in the world, Root, on his day, is more than capable of running away with the game. At this year's World Cup, Root will surely be a key player, providing the much-needed stability to their batting line-up. If playing at home doesn't strengthen his case, the fact that Root has slammed 3,498 runs at an average of 58.30 in ODIs (since the 2015 World Cup) arguably makes him a vital cog in England's title aspirations this year. Eoin Morgan © Reuters One of the batting mainstays for England over the years, Eoin Morgan will once again be seen stabilising the innings for his side while plying his trade in the middle-order. The left-handed batsman has all the experience he needs to make this event his own and playing in familiar conditions further helps his cause. Predictions apart, according to the numbers, believe it or not, Morgan is placed fourth in the list of leading run-scorers in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. The left-hander has scored 3,039 runs at an average of 46.75 - something that will surely bolster England's charge at the World Cup this year. Jos Buttler © Reuters A global T20 superstar, Jos Buttler needs no introduction to superlative batting. Owing to his wide array of strokeplay, the right-handed batsman has been a key contributor to England's cause in limited-overs cricket. Depending on the ever-changing match situations, the 28-year-old is more than capable of handling pressure and batting at any position to help his team. His batting might allows him to bat at the top and get his team off to a flyer, and, if need be, he can also bat down the order and unleash hell on the opposition bowlers to accelerate the innings in death overs. If that's not enough, Buttler's recent form further makes him a nightmare for the opposition. Coming off a brilliant run in the IPL this year, Buttler's skills were in full display during his unbeaten 110-run knock against Pakistan earlier this month. Jofra Archer © Reuters A towering Barbadian, similar to his fellow countryman Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer has been nothing short of being sensational in recent times. After much hue and cry, needless to mention careful deliberation by the selectors, the aggressive pacer was a late addition to England's 15-man squad for the World Cup. While the England team management and selectors took their own time to decide, Archer's inclusion comes as no surprise for the fans. After proving his mettle in the IPL, the 24-year-old also looked impressive against Pakistan in the ODI series earlier this month. The left-arm seamer's blistering speed and cunning variations saw him bagging five wickets including his personal best bowling spell of 1-6 in the recently-concluded series. Jonny Bairstow © Reuters Last, but definitely not the least. Jonny Bairstow has been one of the most consistent and impressive performers with the willow in recent times. His rediscovered form was key to Sunrisers Hyderabad's good show in the IPL earlier this year. The right-handed batsman scored 445 runs in just 10 games for Hyderabad before cutting short his IPL stint to join England's training camp for the World Cup. Expected to open the innings alongside Jason Roy, Bairstow will be expected to get England to a flying start in the World Cup. Batting in familiar conditions, with field restrictions early on, the 29-year-old can prove to be the difference for England. But, apart from smashing opposition bowlers all around the park, Bairstow is also capable of converting his starts into big individual scores - something that will surely come in handy for his team at the World Cup.
  10. The guru of romance and relationships, Karan Johar aka KJo is coming out with a brand new show, which will be all about love, on Netflix, and we can't wait to check it out. Known for his charm, wit, and for creating larger-than-life cinematic experiences, Karan Johar is back with something exciting for his fans and friends. Everyone's BFF, Karan is setting the stage to give love a new perspective and this time, it's without conjecture. 'What The Love? With Karan Johar', a one-of-a-kind dating reality show will be hosted by the man himself. Known for telling great love stories, Karan will be sharing his thoughts on love and relationships, but with an unexpected twist. Netflix Remember a time when dating shows were a thing in India? It was what drove huge amount of numbers towards actual reality TV and to recreate something similar right now is the need of the hour. Why, you ask? Well, because, dating and relationships have become so frivolous and rushed in the general, everyone wants to flee to see 'what's next', through a dating app. But maybe we all need a little 'old-school' 101 on romance and we can't think of anyone better than KJo himself, who, will in all probability, help couples figure out how to hold on to love rather than holding on to an escape plan instead! This is probably not how presents work but on the occasion of his birthday we've decided to gift ourselves a dating show hosted by @karanjohar. What The Love? With Karan Johar, coming to Netflix!@BBCStudiosIndia pic.twitter.com/edK73FeDrU — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) 25 May 2019 Where there's chemistry, there's always a way! Can't wait to join the Netflix India family and spread a whole lotta love! @BBCStudiosIndia #BBCStudiosIndia #BBCProduction https://t.co/5wjAyHdP5N — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 25 May 2019 Sharing Netflix's post, Johar wrote, “Where there's chemistry, there's always a way! Can't wait to join the Netflix India family and spread a whole lotta love! @BBCStudiosIndia #BBCStudiosIndia #BBCProduction.” Stay tuned to Netflix for more on 'What The Love? With Karan Johar'. The show is produced by BBC Studios India and promises to embrace love like never before.
  11. Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' premiered today and boy, oh boy, has it given new light to a particular theory that we've been speculating for so long. Cersei Lannister was introduced to us as a cruel, conniving Queen who was willing to cross any lines when it came to protecting her kids and lover/ twin brother Jaime. We've hated her initially and then we grew to admire her for her unpredictable moves that would challenge the whole sequence of events (remember the burning of the Sept?) all orchestrated seamlessly. A major motivation and central to her arc is the Prophecy that Cersei was made acquainted to as a little girl. © HBO While going deep into the woods around Casterly Rock, Cersei stumbled upon an old woman called Maggy the Frog, who turned out to be a powerful fortune teller. Cersei asked Maggy three questions about her future, however, the answers weren't hopeful. The first said that she wouldn't marry a Prince, but a King. The second said that she would be cast down by a younger and a more beautiful queen who would take all that she held dear. Further, Maggy told Cersei that the king would have 20 children, but that Cersei would only have three, and “gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” Now, of all the three predictions, Margaery Tyrell did manage to take away most of what Cersei held dear to her including her son, Tommen but besides these three predictions, in 'A Feast for Crows', the fourth book in the series, Maggy reveals to Cersei one final part of the prophecy: “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you.” Now, here the valonqar translates to a younger brother. For Cersei, this has always been Tyrion as someone who could possibly try to kill her. © HBO However, if you notice, there is this other 'younger brother' in Cersei's life. Yes, we're talking about Jaime Lannister. © HBO After watching the first episode, this prediction could come to life, because Cersei has commissioned Bron to assassin Jamie. If this fails, Jamie could possibly come after Cersei because he's clearly repulsed by Cersei's rule, which is like the Mad King in more ways than one. To begin with, Cersei made Tyrion believe at the end of the seventh season that she would send the Iron Fleet to help fight The Army Of the Undead. This obviously, was a lie which Tyrion failed to see through for a change. She couldn't care less about the White Walkers or the impending doom as long as she could save herself from it. In the fifth episode of season 7, Cersei told Jaime that she was pregnant. Now, in the premiere of season 8, she consummated her alliance with Euron Greyjoy because the only way she could keep the Iron Fleet and have her way around with it was if she would sleep with Euron which, to her seemed a small price to pay. © HBO Now, Euron telling Cersei “I'm going to put a prince into your belly” is practically impossible — if, indeed, Cersei is still pregnant. It's unclear, however, if that's the case. If you recall, Cersei nixed drinking last season when she realized that she was pregnant. But in today's episode, she was seen sipping a glass of wine after sleeping with Euron. While the Westerosi doctors probably aren't warning Cersei against fetal alcohol syndrome, the change could signal a change in Cersei's status. Regardless of whether Cersei is pregnant or not, she's likely to lose her baby at some point to that effect taking into account how things are moving. But the question is if a majority of the theory has come to pass, as we are still waiting to see who will be the vanquisher of Cersei. It could still be Tyrion, if Jaime ends up getting executed or killed before or during the battle of Winterfell. It could also be Euron Greyjoy. Technically he is the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy and passes the criterion of a valonqar if he realizes that his relationship with Cersei is not based on trust and she could betray him any time.
  12. If you are big on travelling, you probably already know this, but in case you are not into travelling as much, you might have still heard lots of people say that the best time to visit Japan is during the cherry blossom season. Travellers from far and wide, who have had the chance to behold the country in all its pink glory during this season, will vouch for the fact that no artificially produced images and representations do justice to the beauty of nature's bounty in this sensory form. View this post on Instagram [Español debajo!] If you had to choose only one word to define Japan, what would it be? â£â£ I'd had to go with “Wonder”, the feeling of admiration and beauty , but also unfamiliarity. ⨠Every spring Tokyo seems to get prettier and prettier, and almost 3 years in, I'm still fascinated. ð¤©â£â£ I took this photo at Shinjuku Gyoen, among many others that are ready for you on my latest post- the first of Hanami Season 2019! ð°ð¸ Find out why I had to RUN FOR MY LIFE the first time I visited this park.ððð Link in bio.â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ Si tuvieras que elegir una sola palabra para definir Japón, cuál sería? â£â£ Yo eligiría “maravilla”, tanto por el matiz de belleza como por el de lo inesperado. ⨠Llevo casi 3 años aquí, y todavía me sorprendo! Especialmente en primavera. ð¤©â£â£ Hice esta foto en Shinjuku Gyoen, una de muchas que puedes disfrutar en mi nuevo blog post, el primero de mi serie Hanami Season 2019! ð°ð¸ Descubre por qué tuve que CORRER POR MI VIDA la primera vez que fui a este parque. ðððð Enlace en la bio!â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£ â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£ â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£ #hiddenjapan #japanphoto #japan_photo_now #japanesebeauty #realjapan #japan_view â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£ #bunnytokyo #japanlife #japon #lifeintokyo #japaneseculture #asiadiscoveryâ£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£â£ #cherryblossomsâ£â£â£â£ #japan_focus #japan_of_insta #japanð¯ðµ #hanami #sakura #è±è¦ #æ¡ #ð¸ #tokyolifeâ£â£â£â£ #shinjuku #shinjukupark #shinjukugyoen A post shared by BunnyTokyo ð°♥ï¸ Hop into Japan! (@bunnytokyo) on Mar 28, 2019 at 5:00am PDT In all honesty, we couldn't agree more. However, this year's cherry blossom season in Japan came with a unique twist of fate. The intricate pink blossoms bloomed sooner than their usual blooming cycle. Why? It is all thanks to the above average temperature during autumn last year, that is responsible for this change in their blooming clock. A report on 'Travel Leisure' suggests that higher than usual temperatures in 2018 is making the flowers bloom sooner than before in parts of the country. In simpler terms that means that climate change is impacting with the blooming cycle of cherry blossoms. View this post on Instagram Finally æ¡ãéè±ããð¸ Cherry petals covered the ground like snowflakes • • • • #mytravelgram #traveldiary #vacation #travelaroundtheworld #instatravel #wandering #igtravel #travelingram #picoftheday #explorer #travelgram #instapassport #holidayinspo #cityescape #awesomedestinations #travelporn #travelphotograpy #solotravel • #kyoto #sakura #japan #discoverjapan #japon #igerstokyo #æ¡#éè± #è±è¦ #hanami #cherryblossom #fioridiciliegio A post shared by ðº Elena Almici | ã¢ã«ãã•ã¨ã¬ã (@gypsy.elena) on Mar 28, 2019 at 11:19am PDT According to Japan Meteorological Agency Tokyo will see full bloom on 29 March this Hanabi or cherry blossom season. But that does not change the fact that no matter what it is that we care about, it's getting affected by climate change. From warmer summers and colder winters, to melting glaciers, rising seawater levels, sudden flash floods to wildfires, and of course species of flora and fauna getting extinct, the list in a long and disheartening one. This season's cherry blossom blooms are just a little reminder for us to take things a little more seriously and do something about it before it's too late, for our own sake if not anything else. There is still time, there is still hope. For now, take a look at the gorgeous cherry blossoms that have covered Japan in wonderful shades of pink! View this post on Instagram Cherry blossoms in Mount Fuji - Japan ð¸ Photo by: @capkaieda A post shared by Earth - Nature - Travel (@photos) on Mar 28, 2019 at 7:31am PDT View this post on Instagram Sakura in Tokyo, Japan ð¯ðµ • • • • • Follow @ibizadvisor_amazing_places Follow @ibizadvisor_amazing_places Follow @ibizadvisor_amazing_places • • • • #travel #traveller #travelling #travelblog #travelblogger #travelbloggers #photography #Landscape #lanscapephotography #beautifulplaces #beautyoftheworld #beautifulworld #travelgram #touristspot #worldtraveller #luxurylife #wanderlust #globetrotter #sakura #cherryblossom #japan #tokyo #ibizadvisor #ibizadvisoramazingplaces A post shared by Ibizadvisor Amazing Places (@ibizadvisor_amazing_places) on Mar 28, 2019 at 6:40am PDT View this post on Instagram minobu cherryblossom ð¸ ãã¼ãã¨ããã«ã¯å¼·å¼ããªç¬ ã«ã¡ã©å¢ã§ãªã人ã«èãããã®ã§ãã ä»é±æ«ã¿ãªãã㯠ã©ãã«è¡ãã®ã§ããããï¼ðð #ç¦å²¡ #fukuoka #ãã㯠#èº«å»¶æ¡ #æ¡ #cherryblossom #ãã ãæ¡ A post shared by puraten10 (@puraten10) on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:10am PDT View this post on Instagram Shibuya - Tokyo, Japan . #Shibuya #Tokyo #Japan #nikon #street #d5500 #æ¥æ¬ #æ±äº¬ #æ¸è°· #sakura #blossom #cherryblossom #spring #flowers #hanami #ããã #æ¡ #è±è¦ #discoverjapan #explorejapan #instajapan #japantravel #japantrip #japan_vacations #nippon #traveljapan #visitjapan #visitjapanjp #art_of_japan_ #japanawaits A post shared by Trevor Dobson (@inefekt_japan) on Mar 27, 2019 at 5:23pm PDT View this post on Instagram L'abbiamo tanto aspettata, e finalmente è arrivata: la fioritura dei ciliegið¸ conosciuta anche come Hanami in Giappone. La città di #Osaka è stata una delle prime... e per questo abbiamo voluto dedicare un articolo a questo meraviglioso fenomeno! Vai sul sito di #pensagreeen e studia come organizzare il tuo viaggio in Giappone ðper il prossimo anno: potrai assistere dal vivo alla fioritura dei sakura! ðð¸ . . . #cheeryblossom #sakurað¸ #hanami #japanesehanami #fiorituraciliegi #wonderfullandscape #japanstyle #tokyoview #aroundtheworld #beautifultreasures #pinkmood #flowersofblossom #japanesephotography #japanfan #instajapan #tourofjapan #travellings #traveller A post shared by PensaGreen (@pensa_green) on Mar 28, 2019 at 11:08am PDT
  13. Apple announced a bunch of services for its customers this past week and in our opinion, the two services that stole the show was Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Primarily because both these services will be making its way to India sometime later this year. Apple Arcade will be the company's new service that will work similar to the Xbox Game Pass and give users access to console-level games for a fraction of every game's total worth. It will revolutionise gaming as we know it as every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Apple will be offering over 100+ games with more coming to its service that will be bundled with the service and give access to users who would normally have to purchase games individually. Currently, the App Store is the biggest gaming platform in the world that attracts casual and hardcore mobile gamers. The App Store has more than 1 billion gaming customers and Apple Arcade will offer high-quality games that previously would have to compete with free-to-play games. The concept was a no-brainer for Apple and here are all the details and features we love about the new gaming subscription service It Will Be Available On All Apple Devices © Apple The new gaming service will be available on every Apple device that you probably already own. The service will come to Mac, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV which enables users to play games on their preferred platform. What's cool is that the service has been integrated for users to play games seamlessly when you switch devices. For example, if you are playing a game on your iPhone and want to continue your progress on a different device, the game will play right from where you left off seamlessly. Over 100+ Games © Apple Similar to the Xbox Game Pass, Apple will be offering over 100+ games at launch from developers such as Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more. Some of the more popular titles include 'Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm', an RPG game that plays almost identical to the new 'Zelda' series. Other games like 'Yaga', is an upcoming title currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A sci-fi first-person shooter called 'Enter The Construct' is also under development for the platform. Apple Is Helping Developers © Apple Apart from handpicking games for the service, the Cupertino giant is also contributing towards the development of some games that will be exclusive to the platform. Apple may not be making first-party games in the traditional sense, but these games will be fine-tuned for Apple devices and take advantage of Apple's hardware just like you would expect from traditional gaming consoles. Many of these games will have compelling narratives and have unique features such as privacy, no in-game advertisements and no additional in-game purchases. Every Game Is Playable Offline © Apple The most crucial feature of the Apple Arcade service is that every game will be playable offline. In fact, it's one of its core features. Every game on the service does not require an internet connection to play games which means you can play Arcade games in flights or low-network areas. Even multiplayer games are expected to have some sort of local-multiplayer attribute that will let you play games when your device is not connected to the internet. Apple Devices Are More Powerful Than a Nintendo Switch © YouTube Gaming-on-the-go has been primarily been dominated by Nintendo that offers console-level games. Having said that, devices like the iPad Pro are more powerful than Nintendo's offering because of the new A12x Bionic chip under the hood. The new iPad Pro is capable of rendering 4K video and run graphics-intensive games like NBA 2K with better performance than the Nintendo Switch. In fact, Apple claims that the performance is similar to the Xbox One S which makes it leagues ahead of Nintendo's offering. The iPad Pro and future models make us excited about the future of gaming on the platform, especially since Apple Arcade is expected to offer a range of console level games for cheaper. Controller Support © Youtube/Apple Insider Apple currently supports third-party controllers like Steelseries Nimbus and Stratus that can let users play games just like you would with a PlayStation and Xbox. These controllers are compatible with the iPad Pro, iPhones, and Apple TV. There are a few other controllers that Apple supports for its devices however we can expect Apple to add support for more controllers in the near future. Apple did not comment on whether we can expect the company to support new and existing controllers soon, however it seems like a logical step towards this direction to make Apple Arcade even more attractive for gamers. Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS. Will you be subscribing to Apple's gaming service? Let us know in the comments what you think about Apple Arcade.
  14. Arguably one of the highly-rated young talent in the country, KL Rahul climbed up the ladder in Indian cricket on the basis of consistent performances. Making full use of the opportunities, his breakthrough 2013-14 season laid the foundation of Karnataka's Ranji Trophy triumph, proving his credentials as a first-class cricketer. Then, a profitable 2016 IPL season saw him earning his cap for the national team. His appetite for runs further gave India an opportunity to boast of an extra option at the top of the order. But, as all good things come to an end, Rahul hit a lean patch that saw him getting dropped from the side. And, just when things couldn't get any worse for him, the Karnataka cricketer found himself in the middle of a controversy following his appearance on popular chat show 'Koffee With Karan' alongside teammate Hardik Pandya. And, what followed later had a great impact on the young cricketer. Slammed by a billion fans and suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rahul endured the worst possible nightmare a cricketer can be exposed to. But, rather than letting the incident affect his mindset, Rahul used it as an opportunity to channelise his frustration into fruitful results. © AP "It has been a hard time, no doubt. As a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that. It gave me the time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been somebody who takes things as it comes and I am just happy to be back here now," Rahul told the International Cricket Council (ICC). Before his suspension, Rahul was subject to immense criticism following his below-average performances in Australia. His frailties, especially against incoming deliveries which first appeared on the England tour, were exposed and exploited by the Australian seamers. And, the result was quite obvious for the right-hander. Using the suspension for his own good, the right-handed batsman bolstered the chinks in his armour through hard work in the nets and by spending time with Rahul Dravid. Given an opportunity to regain his form, the 26-year-old was roped in for India A's home series against England Lions that brought a more focussed and responsible Rahul to the fore. Leading from the front, Rahul scored 81 runs in India A's first innings. The right-hander stitched a 178-run stand with fellow opener and centurion Abhimanyu Easwaran to box the visitors out of the contest in Mysore. Apart from that, the elegant batsman also scored 89 runs in the first unofficial Test in Wayanad. © AP "I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique. Got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped," Rahul said. Showing signs of improvement, Rahul was then called back into the national side for Australia's tour of India - a moment that he had been patiently waiting for to right his wrongs. The first T20I saw a rampant Rahul hammering his way to a 36-ball 50 in a match where the popular batsmen failed to deliver. Continuing his fine form, the Indian opener began his innings in the second T20I in the same 'slambang' manner before getting dismissed for a 26-ball 47 that was decorated with four sixes. While India lost both the matches and eventually the T20I series, it was great to see Rahul return to form and emerging as the second-highest run-getter. © AP "It's nice to be back with the boys and be back in blue. Just happy that I have tasted a bit of success in the last two games and my batting has come out pretty well," he said. But, individual success means nothing to this dashing batsman as he expressed his disappointment after failing to guide his team to victory. "But the other side is that I could have carried on in both innings, got a big score and won the game for my team. I'll take the two knocks but there is a lot that I have learnt from the two knocks and I want to improve," Rahul concluded. For a man who became 'Public Enemy No 1' and was left to fend for himself in abyss following his controversy and, thereon, suspension, Rahul's grit and perseverance as a cricketer has undeniably allowed him to win back the fans and impress the Indian selectors with his renewed form. Going into the five-match ODI series, Rahul would be eager to carry his blistering form to help India peg back the Aussies and bolster his chances of securing a spot in Virat Kohli-led side's playing XI for the ICC World Cup in England & Wales.
  15. Ranveer Singh's prime weapon in promoting a film is the way he dresses for promotions. These outfits are out of the ordinary and no one can imagine wearing these outfits in the restricting space of Bollywood. The fact that someone mainstream like himself goes ahead and wears these outfits makes all the more flutters in the mainstream media. So, when he wears something even slightly mainstream, it is indeed shocking. Recently, Ranveer Singh wore a super wearable (IRL) gorgeous gold and black shibori sherwani with straight pencil pants by Rohit Bal in Abu Dabi, Dubai. Take a look © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav Firstly, nothing outlandish there. There's nothing in here that you would possibly shrug off as not your league clothing. And here's the thing, he's also teaching us (or rather Nitasha Gaurav's styling is) how to pair accessories with shaadi lewks. He's wearing a Franck Muller Geneve watch and really smart Carrea shades and embellished heeled footwear that we adore.
  16. STOP THE PRESSES! There is a new fabric that is slowly but surely taking over the world of fashion. Harvested from cotton farms in the United States, supima cotton is an incredibly exciting fabric that actually represents only 1% of all of the cotton that is grown in the world. Simply put, here is a premium wonder fabric that all Indian men absolutely need to know about. Whether you were looking for the best trousers for men, the best round neck t shirts for men, or the best thumbhole t shirts, here is why you should ABSOLUTELY make sure that they are made using supima cotton to get the absolute most bang for your buck! 1. It's Almost Twice Softer Than Regular Cotton © The March Tee As T shirts primarily tend to be a summer outfit, your level of comfort when you put them on should ideally be of paramount importance. In fact, just how comfortable your t-shirt is going to be becomes even more important when you realise that, by and large, you are also going to be using them to layer up your outfits and create different looks. As such, investing in supima cotton, that happens to be twice softer than regular cotton, pretty much acts as a no-brainer. 2. All The While Being Four Times Stronger As Well © The March Tee Now in normal cases, when a fabric tends to be incredibly soft, it normally isn't able to make any tall claims about its strength. Well, the reason why many people consider supima cotton to be the wonder fabric is because you pretty much get the best of both worlds. Despite being a lot softer than regular cotton, it is also FOUR TIMES stronger than it. This also means that you don't have to fret over the durability of supima cotton. As such, if you want to wear the best t shirts for men out there, you should make sure that their fabric composition comprises of supima cotton. 3. The Length Of Its Fibers Is Longer Too © The March Tee Unlike regular cotton fibres, the fibres of supima cotton are actually 1.5x longer. This ends up causing two immense benefits. Firstly, the longer fiber resists pulling, breaking and tearing, making it a better investment on your end. And secondly, the longer fiber makes for a smoother and softer surface, ensuring that your comfortability is greatly enhanced. 4. The Colours Look Bolder © The March Tee Another largely underrated property of supima cotton? It actually absorbs colour better than regular cotton. Which effectively means that the best plain black t shirts for men, the best white t shirts, and more importantly, t shirts of solid colours need to be made of supima cotton if you want their colours to be long-lasting and not fade away after just a few washes.
  17. Love is said to be the biggest joy that two individuals share between each other during their lifetime. It is also said to be the strongest force that there is (next only to the force of gravity perhaps), capable of bringing someone to their knees, quite literally. It is also known to make us strong, pumping us with such strength and fervour, that the biggest of hurdles seem conquerable when the love of our life is standing beside us. Yet, nowhere does the universal ideology of love dictate who is to love whom, how or how much. © Vinod Chopra Films However, today, at a time and age when enlightenment and liberty have finally come to almost everyone around the world, and that too at the cost of so many lives who fought for what they believed in, the question of whom to love hangs heavily in the air. The premise of love has been dismantled and compartmentalised into such airtight brackets by a select few to such an extent, that until not so long ago, one had to fear for their lives in India because their love didn't “follow the natural order” of feeling and expressing the heartfelt affection towards another individual. © Vinod Chopra Films This brings me to the big news of the day. 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' which boasts of a loaded star cast comprising of names such as Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla amongst others, has finally hit the screens today. Expected to be a coming-of-age story that revolves around a woman's journey of identifying as a lesbian, struggling with society's reigning notions of gender identity, love and marriage, to coming out and eventually fighting for the #RightToLove, this movie has got me pinning my hopes high when it comes to witnessing such a mainstream, commercial film with a starry cast, doing justice to the depiction of the harsh realities and struggles of the LGBTQ community. © Vinod Chopra Films The concept and possibility of same-*** or homosexual romantic relationships is such a taboo in our society, that currently the only hope the community and its allies can count on, is perhaps some sort of sensitisation, that would lead to acceptance and respect at the very least. And this is exactly what I wish the film would succeed in presenting, without being condescending or giving in to popular public demands of stereotyping homosexuality or what the struggle means to those who identify as one. Yes, I agree that this isn't the first Hindi film of its kind which deals with the subject, so one might say that my expectations from the film do not add up. But whether it was 'Fire' (1996), which was way ahead of its time, or 'My Brother Nikhil' (2005) and more recently 'Aligarh' (2015), each of these films, tackled the subject differently and touched upon a different aspect of homosexuality. Yes, the pathos was there and often the injustice meted out to this segment of our society was also made evident, but none of them seemed to have explored the nature of such relationships and its intricacies at length or in as much depth. © Vinod Chopra Films Whereas, this film with its distinct plot, popular casting and possible outreach might be able to do things differently and pull it off too. But most of all I hope that 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' is able to stir things up, initiate a open and healthy discourse around the subject, as well as succeeds in elevating the misconceptions and judgements our society holds about the LGBTQ community, thereby bringing everyone closer - to a place that accepts, respects, and protects their rights, like any other deserving human being. So here is hoping 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' does not turn out to be a disappointing and distasteful joke on same-*** romantic relationships, as was the case in 'Dostana'. And for those of you who wish to come at me for having high hopes from a film on homosexual relationship, and spew hate and rain me with half-gathered “facts” in the garb of religion, culture or morals, I will leave you all with an adage to take into consideration before you @ me and hit that send button. © Vinod Chopra Films So as the saying goes, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” and therefore it might do all of us some good to first educate ourselves with hard and complete facts. And you might be surprised to know that homosexuality was as much a part of Indian history, culture and religion centuries ago, as it is today, be it as part of temple architecture, epic literature or the scriptures. Let's talk once you've read up on it. Do leave me your thoughts below.
  18. Imagine a condom that changes colours when it comes in contact with an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). Yes, you read that right, just like a chameleon. Not only does it protect you from getting the said infection, but also gives a great heads up in advance. Three kids, Musaz Nawaz (13), Daanyaal Ali (14) and Chirag Shah (14) from London's Isaac Newton Academy wanted to tackle these high rates of STIs. For the annual TeenTech Awards in London which aims to inspire 11- to-16-year olds to realize their true potential in a STEM workplace, they presented the S.T.EYE condom. The S.T.EYE, in concept, will have molecules in the rubber-surface that'll glow when it comes in contact with different pathogens. The condom would say, glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus (HPV) and blue for syphilis. Yes, I know, 'chameleon condoms' don't sound sexy at all, because who wants to put *** and a chameleon in the same sentence? Gross. But trust me, this particular chameleon is not gross and it'll save your life. Surely, you might have to have an awkward conversation if the condom changes colour. But, hey it's better than getting affected by an STI. “We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation,” the kids told a leading publication. “We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors.” The great idea won them the first position in the U.K.'s TeenTech Awards, and reportedly they have already been approached by condom companies. So, expect chameleon condoms soon in the market. The idea, of course, is not without loopholes. Like what if the condom comes in contact with two or more STIs and if both partners can be detected or just one. However, it's safe to assume that with the assistance of STEM labs they can work out the nitty-gritty.
  19. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding became national news last year, and even a glimpse of their wedding photographs sent the entire nation into a frenzy. And now, 2019 seems to have started no differently for the couple, what with Ranveer's mega success making the transition to 2019 utterly memorable for the newly-weds. The pair doesn't seem to be able to stay away from the limelight for long, and lately, they made headlines for coming forward and declaring loud and proud, that neither of them will be changing their surnames post marriage. © Instagram In this case, the newly-wed couple was met with the same fate as any other Indian couple. That is, as soon as two people decide to tie the knot, the raging question that arises is, whether the woman will change her surname post marriage. Deepika shared a similar fate, and ever since her wedding in November last year, gossip columns were populated with artfully written pieces speculating if Deepika Padukone will thenceforth be known as Deepika Padukone Singh, Deepika Padukone Bhavnani or some such other variant. © Instagram But as we have already gathered from an HT report, neither Deepika nor Ranveer have any plans of changing their surnames, much against popular buzz doing the rounds. Calling her own comment in an interview, about Ranveer changing his surname pose marriage, a “candid joke”, Deepika further added that, “It's not true. In fact, after that interview, I realised that it's a conversation Ranveer and I've never even had. So, we haven't been like, 'oh, do you think you should change your surname?'” © Instagram She went on to explain that the question about changing her surname came as a surprise since she and Ranveer had never considered it important enough to discuss it. “It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, 'oh, we haven't even thought about it'. Maybe because it's not important. Also, I've worked extremely hard to create my own identity and so has he. So, my question is, why would he have to do that?”, said the 'Padmaavat' star. At this point, I would prompt you to re-read that last statement by Deepika once more. I would have preferred to highlight that bit with a highlighting pen for you, if it was possible. But you get the point. I simply wish to draw your attention to the keywords here - “not important”, “own identity” and “why”. © Instagram And I have the same question, why is it expected from a woman to change her surname once she becomes someone's legally wedded wife? Also, why is it so that a man is seen as a submissive or less powerful when his wife decides to stick to her maiden name after getting married? Why do we as a society wish to meddle with others' personal choice to change or not change their surnames, so as to just carry forward medieval societal “norms and traditions” that secure patriarchal egos and position? © Instagram Changing the surname is often seen as a symbol equivalent of belonging to a community, family or household. Needless to say, the 9th-century 'Doctrine of Coverture' played a role in altering people's mindset in this regard, since such a practice was unheard of before then. But again, this is the 21st century and surely, we ought to leave behind such malpractices in our past and look at women as an independent, fully-functioning individual who is more than someone's wife, mother and daughter-in-law. © Instagram Why do we want to work ourselves up with this need to maintain that a woman must always “belong” to someone? That she needs to be labelled, which would then act as her marker should she get mixed up/misplaced in a country with a population spilling onto the 2 billion mark? Why do we as a society treat it as our birthright to overlook the identity a woman creates and maintains before she decides to get married and share the same with another human being, who also happens to have a 'unique identity' of his own? This is not to say that women who 'choose' to take on their husband's surname after getting married are bartering their identity, or furthering senseless patriarchal norms. Like anybody else, even they have the right to consciously and freely choose for themselves, regardless of the motivation behind it. So my point is, just like Deepika pointed out in her comments, that all of us, both men and women work very hard all our lives to create our own identities that are attached to our personal achievements and histories. And I believe it is utterly unfair for anyone to expect that a woman or a man should change that identity attached to their names, for any reason whatsoever. What do you guys have to say about this? Let us know in the comments section below!
  20. Two years ago I did a story on how video games are much larger than movies/TV shows because of its flexibility in storytelling. I've been playing choice-based games ever since it was introduced to video games and the popular storytelling style was taken mainstream thanks to games from studios like “Telltale Games”. You would have to make choices that would change the plot of the story drastically and it seems like Netflix took my challenge seriously. © Mensxp Netflix is now taking the interactive-based storytelling style to mainstreams shows like “Black Mirror” and it works like a charm. The streaming giant already introduced the interactive feature to kids content like 'Puss In Boots'. I was invited to Los Gatos to check out 'Bandersnatch' - a brand new Black Mirror movie where I could choose my own story by clicking on multiple-choice questions that would affect the plot. It's Netflix's first interactive content for adults and is now available to stream/play on various devices. 'Bandersnatch' is a story about a game developer who is looking to make a video based on a “create-your-own fantasy” book of the same name. The game he sets out to develop also happens to have a series of choices for players. We learn during the early chapter that the author of the original 'Bandersnatch' went completely nuts while he was writing his book and ended up killing his wife. You will face a similar dilemma when you make choices for “Stefan” in Bandersnatch. © Netflix One of the key moments in 'Bandersnatch' is when Stefan is offered a job and it's up to you whether you want to accept or decline the offer. While exchanging notes with my peers at the conference, it was quite cool to notice that 90% of the people answered “Yes” while I declined the job offer. This is where the interactive storytelling feature makes things exciting. Not only did I experience a completely different story from my counterparts, I even experienced a very different ending. Apparently, there are five different endings in 'Bandersnatch' and I happened to experience three of them. © Netflix What's cool about the interactive feature is the ability to go back and change your choices. In fact, I ended up spending more time retracing my choices simply because I wanted to see if I could break the plot — I couldn't. That's probably because they're over a million if not a trillion unique permutations of the story. There are a plethora of choices you will need to make that can impact the story or sometimes just change certain details. The overall plot of 'Bandersnatch' also responds and adapts to your choices just like you would experience it in video games. For instance, in the very beginning, you will choose what cereal to eat for breakfast. You will notice later in the movie how the plot responded to your choice. How Did Netflix Make It Happen Choice-based video games are easier to make as these games are coded from the ground up to provide an ecosystem for such a feature to flourish. The same cannot be said about a live-action movie as it's way more complicated. You need to shoot multiple scenes from different angles, shoot different reactions to choices and make sure you follow every permutation with utmost accuracy. Netflix engineers built their very own script-writing tool that enables them to tell choice-based narratives. Netflix calls it a Branch Manager where there were able to track every choice and the flow of the narrative based on each choice. Netflix also pre-caches content so that users can stream the content even with poor internet and the app now pre-caches two paths every time you are faced with a choice. Due to this very reason, the interactive episode can be experienced only on supported devices such as Android smartphones, iOS devices, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and certified Smart TVs. Is It Still Black Mirror? © Netflix Hell yes! Just like every other Black Mirror episode — 'Bandersnatch' ends up f*cking with your head as well. However, since you are making the choices for the protagonist, the head-f*cking is a lot more amplified. This is precisely why the interactive feature was a perfect fit for a Black Mirror movie. I have to confess, when I was introduced to the feature at the conference, I quickly dismissed it as a Telltale rip-off/gimmick. However, after experiencing the interactive movie for myself, I could not keep the remote down and make every choice possible to f*ck up Stefan's life. I soon realised what went behind in the making of 'Bandersnatch' and simply left the room with endless questions in my head. So yes, 'Bandersnatch' is a typical Black Mirror episode where you will be left in a state of shock and maybe even remorse. Is This The Future Of Entertainment? Streaming has already taken over our lives and Netflix is going in the right direction by involving its viewers in the plot of 'Bandersnatch'. It's a feature I always wanted on live-action content and Netflix has yet again proved me wrong. Sure, there's still room for traditional linear story-telling on Netflix, but the future of story-telling sure has taken a turn, thanks to 'Bandersnatch'. Just make sure you don't lose your remote while watching/experiencing the latest Black Mirror movie.
  21. The use of Cryptocurrency has been on the rise in the last few years and we've already witnessed a massive trend wherein people are considering it to be an easy source of quick earnings. While enthusiasts are envisioning it to be the future of trade, critics and government authorities haven't been very accepting of it. While people expect it to solve issues of mankind ranging from poverty to financial crisis, a study finds that if bitcoin continues to become more widely adopted, the huge amount of electricity used to trade and mine the cryptocurrency could push global temperatures above 2 degrees Celsius by 2033. © Reuters Firstly, the mining process consumes a humungous amount of energy. Bitcoins are “mined” in a process that is computationally demanding, with heavy hardware requirements that suck electricity. Everything's fine if the electricity grid is connected to a renewable source of energy like a hydroelectric dam or wind turbine, but becomes worrisome if fossil fuels are being consumed instead. The study by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa found that the cumulative emissions from bitcoin would be enough to push global warming beyond 2C in 22 years. If the average rate of technology uptake is used instead, this number is closer to 16 years. © Medium The researchers have clearly stated that their intention isn't to predict the usability of Bitcoin's but to measure and evaluate the side-effects. Randi Rollins, a PhD student who studies the impacts of climate change said, “This type of analysis should be performed when any new technology is under development. Being aware of the consequences of future technology development could go a long way in reducing emissions and preventing further damage to the environment.” The 2015 Paris Agreement commits 195 nations to stop global temperatures rising more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. A 2-degree rise in temperature could reduce water availability in some areas by up to 30 percent according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). © Medium To come down with this conclusion, the scientists analysed the power efficiency of computers used in bitcoin mining, the location of miners around the world and the CO2 emissions from electricity in those countries. Even though the relation between Bitcoin mining and climate change sounds too far-fetched, we can't ignore the resources it takes up even in the shorter term. Not only is high-end hardware required to process mining, but an equivalent amount of power goes into cooling down the system. In 2017 alone, the use of bitcoin produced 69 million metric tons of carbon dioxide - about the same as the state of Arkansas. © Reuters "Clearly, any further development of cryptocurrencies should critically aim to reduce electricity demand, if the potentially devastating consequences of 2C of global warming are to be avoided,” said Professor Camilo Mora, who led the study. Source: Nature.com
  22. Over a year has gone by since Hollywood biggie Harvey Weinstein was exposed by The New York Times, a monumental day that marked the real beginning of the #MeToo movement. All these women, these survivors have been raising their voices loud and clear - they are ready to be heard. The #MeToo movement's arrival in India earlier this October, has followed in the same footsteps. The uprising has since shaken up our nonchalant society, that has long subdued and ignored the protests of sexual abuse and harassment survivors. The voices are finally being heard in our homeland. © Twitter Don't believe us? You think the movement hasn't caused a stir worth acknowledging and looking out for? Well, to such naysayers, we bring these proofs. A recent report published by The Indian Express shows that the #MeToo tweets in India in the month of October has exceeded US' monthly high. That is, between September 20th and October 19th, 1.2 million #MeToo tweets have come out of India. The report also states that “Twitter saw more #MeToo tweets from India at the month ending October 19 than any single month in the US over the past year”. With India's October #MeToo tweets exceeding US' monthly high, it evidently seems that Indian women have finally launched a movement that will not die anytime soon, and surely not without bringing about a change. © Twitter The uproar has already managed to cause a seismic shift in the country's gender politics and altered the status-quo across the nation in varying degrees. Showing her support towards Tanushree, and placing her faith in the movement's inherent power, Freida Pinto wrote in a Instagram post, "What you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up." It seems this time women have sworn to not stop until the culprits are brought to justice, until the power structures are dismantled, and the laws that are meant to protect the wellbeing of the country's citizens, are not bent to serve the powerful and mighty. Actor Richa Chadha seems to be highlighting this aspect of the movement when she told PTI that, "The #MeToo movement isn't going away any time soon. It is here to stay. It is time to make men accountable for their actions and the trauma that is caused to the victims, men or women”. © Twitter Regardless of what the naysayers and fake male feminists try to believe, the winds of change are blowing stronger than ever amidst #MeToo solidarity. The pushback has forced prominent accused such as MJ Akbar, Prashant Jha, Sajid Khan and many others to step down from their positions of power, and step away from their projects and positions, under the public glare. Numerous celebrities, journalists and politicians have also come forward to support the survivors who have spoken up and condemned the culprits. Be it Farhan Akhtar, Hansal Mehta, Priyanka Chopra, or Sandhya Menon and Maneka Gandhi, they have all come in support of the movement. Anurag Kashyap and Akshay Kumar have also condemned and stepped away from projects they had undertaken with Vikas Bahl and Sajid Khan respectively. However, socio-political activist Chanda Asani feels that the movement needs to turn more inclusive, where it can move beyond social media and include the voices of people working on the ground. She further says that "On sexual harassment, I think we are trying to put ourselves in the same rut patriarchy has put us in. It's not just about the body - woman or man's. The power structures need to change”. We hope the tides of #MeToo leave behind a better tomorrow in its wake, not only for the survivors to heal, but for the future generations to live freely in.
  23. John Lennon- the man whose songs and ideologies have ruled a millennial's life at some point in time, be it through the meaningful lyrics that touched a million chords with his audience or his active pacifism and rebellion against the society, that inspired an entire generation of young men and women of his time and after. © johnlennon John Lennon continues to live on, not only through his classic compositions but also through his distinguished way with words, which have served to make many of us make sense of this world and our lives a little better. The following quotes by the legend, will not only guide your experiences in the ever mind-boggling 20s, but will also help you take on life with a pinch of salt: 1. “Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.” The 20s of one's life is a kind of a mixed bag of goodies, you never know what tomorrow might bring your way, yet you never stop making plans. But as Lennon said, life will happen in the moments that you never get to plan in the first place. © johnlennon 2. “I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.” If you're in your 20s, you know the constant push one faces to conform to the notion of the “ideals” present in every society, be it with regards to your career choices, relationships or even your food habits. Well, you don't have to live your life on anybody else's terms. 3. “If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.” Very, very poignant even in today's time. No individual is spared from the scrutiny and judgement that our society has come to understand as its birthright, but regardless of how they try to label you, you gotta love yourself first for every other thing to work out. © johnlennon 4. “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practised in broad daylight.” We need not say much on this one. We have been witness to numerous incidents that follow this statement to the T in India, yet the message lies in the fact that we must not participate or encourage violence in any of its forms. Make love, not war remember? 5. “Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you'd end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You've just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.” Another one, not even one of us can deny having given in to at some point in time. But sooner or later, we come to realise the worthlessness of it all. We can't please everyone, so it's better we do more of what pleases us (without hurting/offending anyone, of course). © johnlennon 6. “There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.” Remember these words by heart. Over the next couple of years, you'll find yourself in situations that don't make sense to you at all, and you will want to scream “why is this happening to me?”. That is when you remember this quote and keep pushing through it all. 7. “A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.” Well, our 20s is THE time when we make the most stupid, most hilarious and at times, the most tragic mistakes of our lives, but you know what, we can decide whether to learn from it and correct ourselves, or let it decide who we are as a person. © johnlennon 8. “Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.” Well, if it's that degree you're after, or that dream job you've been itching to apply for, just go and do it. Don't wait for that internship or your exams to guide your fate. You do you, and live that dream! 9. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” Oh yeah! All those mass bunks, parties and vacays with friends is worth it all. This one will help keep the guilt at bay. © johnlennon 10. “When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun, every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” Well, if the man means anything to you, take his word for it. Even the Gita approves of this ideology. Keep doing good even when no one's watching. That's where all the satisfaction lies. 11. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones.” These words are pure gold and be sure you have them by heart, 'cause in the years to come, this will hold true for you on a LOT of occasions. © johnlennon 12. “What we've got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we'll sink.” Lastly, when the 20s and the adulting that finally comes with it seems like a hopeless, uphill battle, this quote is exactly what you need to do. These are gems, right? And pretty relatable.
  24. Putting their England debacle to rest, the Indian cricket team has undoubtedly been in sublime form in the 2018 Asia Cup. The fact that Team India became the first team to secure their berth in the final with one Super Four match still left to play, goes on to show how convincing they have been in the tournament. Thus, when it came to their last Super Four clash against Afghanistan on 25th September, there was no surprise to see India resting as many as five of their regular players which included last game's centurions Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The game was full surprises, quite literally. © BCCL First up, was the sight of MS Dhoni at the toss as he came out to lead the Indian side for the 200th time in ODIs. Then, there was Mohammad Shahzad's sparkling knock of 124 runs, which was brilliantly followed up with Mohammad Nabi's gritty fifty. Later, it was KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu's classy fifty to give India a flying start. And finally, Rashid Khan's brilliance to defend six runs in the final over to snatch a tie for Afghanistan. But, amidst all that, there was a rare moment of Dhoni's typical inimitable style that was captured on the stump mic. During Afghanistan's innings, Kuldeep Yadav was getting ready for his run-up when he took a glance at the field. Not happy with the field setting, the Indian chinaman pressed for a change but to no avail. "Bowling karega ya bowler change karein" MS Dhoni to Kuldeep Yadav pic.twitter.com/Sb7mKOporI — Khurram Siddiquee (@iamkhurrum12) September 25, 2018 The left-arm spinner persisted for a change in the field but Dhoni not only turned a blind eye to his request but also gave him a cheeky reply. Not happy with the field, Kuldeep was asking a fielder to move from his current position, when Dhoni was caught on the stump mic saying: "Bowling karega, ya bowler change karein? (Are you going to bowl, or should we change the bowler?)". While Dhoni has often been heard chirping from behind the stumps during his captaincy days, his comments during yesterday's clash against Afghanistan quickly went viral on social media. Indian cricket fans were seen revelling in Dhoni's sarcasm, as they took to social media to express their views. ð#ThugLife @msdhoni never try to mess with him@imkuldeep18 wants #dhoni to change field#Dhoni replies-Bowling karega aur bowler change kare (Will u bowl or shall i change the bowler) ððð#INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/JJb8mEgNbk — Pathan Usif (@Pathan4141) September 26, 2018 𤣠he is known for his sarcastic / guiding one liners a senior who is vastly experienced and juniors need to trust his instincts which will help them. Batting may not be as sharp as it used to be, but dhoni speed behind stumps and sharp thinking even at this age - unmatchable — Nairs (@Nairs20) September 26, 2018 #7 , still is the BOSS. yadav keep that in your spinning mind. ðð — Nitin Desai (@e9065ba5bed8401) September 26, 2018 @imkuldeep18 Beta pehle kuch cricket khel lo fir @msdhoni ko cricket sikhane jana. This Kohli style of arrogance doesn't always work. Especially when you are up against a GOAT like MSD — Big Bong Theory ð®ð³ (@BigBongTheory) September 25, 2018 That's what captain supposed to doð bowler can have his field but experience counts — Koparli Jitu (@Koparliwala) September 25, 2018 That is what Management is all about... decision is mine, the reason for failure is mine but the reason for success is ours.. thats MS for us. — Shuddha Satwa Ghosh (@ShuddhaSatwa) September 26, 2018 Epic ððð — Gunjan Mehta (@iamgunjanmehta) September 25, 2018
  25. We've been through that phase you know, the one where as young adults all our moves were judged and every statement that we uttered was clipped before we could even complete it. A lot of times we were not taken seriously, even when we wanted to speak about issues that were close to our heart. © Facebook Our society, being the skewed version of itself that it is, never bothers to pay heed to what troubles the young minds of our nation. Heck, half the time they don't care about the concerns the 'adults' are dealing with let alone the needs of the youth. However, with the elections drawing closer we do see the expected rise of politicians who often 'appear' to be earnestly interested to hear us out and lend a helping hand. But let's face it, what has been done about even the most pressing issues that are of importance to us right now? From substance abuse to unemployment to lack of higher education opportunities and what not, a LOT of our needs are falling on deaf ears. Times Are Changing © Facebook The International Youth Day this year brought with itself a welcome wind of change, and we as youngsters must seize this opportunity to make the most of it. Naga Sravan Kilaru, a young bloke from Andhra Pradesh has taken it upon himself to stir up the state's young minds, help them speak up and ensure that they get heard by those who can make a difference to their lives. With the belief that the youth must be thought of as the present of a country and not the future, Kilaru launched Yuvagalam on International Youth Day (12th August) that promises to maximise the impact of Indian youth on our nation's future and aims to capture and channel their aspirations by creating a unified voice. © Facebook What Yuvagalam wishes to achieve through this movement is accountability of people in positions of power, as well as political empowerment for the young generation of our country. He wants to ensure that no political party takes the young voters of this country for granted and pays heed to their immediate issues. Here Is How This Works Kilaru plans to read the pulse of youngsters through one-on-one interaction with students, both online and offline, by the means of a 3000-kilometre walk across 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh over a course of 100 days and visiting at least 120 colleges to take inputs from at least 1,00,000 youngsters by the end of the campaign. © Facebook Post this move, they would compile all the collected data and form a 'youth manifesto' which they want the political parties in the state to adopt and make it a part of their election manifesto before the state elections early next year. They want young people to come together, fight for their rights such as political representation. What Is The End Goal © Facebook Apart from lending a voice to the youth through the 'youth manifesto', they also wish to identify passionate and accountable youngsters who wish to bring about a change in the society and help them participate in existing community projects, as well as set up new initiatives for the development of our society and the nation at large. Naga Sravan Kilaru has a lot of gems on his crowns. He is an Industrial Engineering and Management graduate and was awarded the National Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in January this year for his active citizenship. He also represented India as a 'Young Delegate' at the Summer Youth Assembly of the United Nations in 2016. © Facebook This young lad has passion and the willingness to make an impact at a personal level, so that India can rise and shine in the days to come. We love this initiative he has undertaken and can't wait to see what this movement creates for the youth of the nation.
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